Well, it is about time to post something! And it is the time of the year to give thanks!
What is going on in my knitting life? This Fall I have been traveling and teaching and designing. The Knitting Boutique has launched their own line of yarns and asked me to design a pattern for the store. As soon as I touched the yarn I fell in love with it. The line I chose to work is called Susquehanna and it contains a blend of 85% Organic Polwarth and 15% silk. It is soft and strong at the same time and it holds the most beautiful colors. Here is my design and if you are interested in getting it, please contact www.knittingboutique.com.
Exclusive Design for The Knitting Boutique
My dear students brought me the hats they finish from my previous class and I really enjoyed their color choices!
Student’s Child Andean Hat
My last class this year was at Stitches East, Hartford, CT! As always, knitting brought me joy and good friends. I am taking the month of December off to prepare for Christmas and organize my knitting life. I have many patterns to release but no time to write them.
I take this opportunity to thank God for my health and for all of you in my life. Have a great Thanksgiving!
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Book by Rosa Pomar
My dear knitters,
A prayer of mine was answered: a book about Portuguese Knitting! It has a very detailed description of how knitting is done, where it came from, traditional garments and patterns, all compiled in one book called “Malhas Portuguesas” by Rosa Pomar.
Over the years I have learned so much from Rosa. She is the author of the blog aervilhacorderosa.com.
She has traveled all over Portugal interested and investigating everything about handmade and knitting. Every post is very organized and she writes in a concise manner; I have learned in her blog about the different knitting pins, history, about the traditional garments, materials used for knitting and much more.
When I published my book, Rosa was most kind in making several suggestions, including where to get images.
Even if you do not read Portuguese, I recommend the book for its pictures and drawings. She has excellent illustrations about Portuguese Knitting! If you need help translating anything from the book, I will be glad to help, just email me.
On her online shop, not only you can find the book but the materials to make her patterns. It is worth buying!
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Oh WOW! Last post in January! Where did time go? Let’s try to talk briefly about my knitting life in the last 5 months! In February I was teaching at Stitches West again and I love this venue! My students were most kind and some already experts in Portuguese Knitting. We had dinner together, time to relax, time to shop and lots of inspiration!
In March I mostly stay and taught at home. The new website is out there but we had several issues to get to work as I wanted to, and up to this point, I am not totally independent to publish my new patterns yet. It has been a long journey of learning about everything BUT knitting and I am sure things will come together in the near future. I appreciate that most of you call me when you have a question. This old fashion way of communication still works fine. In April I have been back to Knitter’s Fantasy for the 3rd time to very faithful students and I am quite proud of all the progress they made.
A new event was Yarnover in Minneapolis, MN at the end of April. What a fun event! This knitting guild has an amazing number of member (over 600) and they got a very organized and well planned event with a full market. Two classes of 3 hours each went by fast.
After that, vacation! I deserve one also…even though my work does not feel like work. We were in Brazil for 2 weeks visiting family and sightseeing many places I only have been when I was a child. The statue of the Christ the Redeemer is one of these places. Just beautiful! I found out that both Brazil and I have changed quite a bit in these 22 years I live here and I was surprised.
I will spend most of the summer trying to get my Facebook page and website running, my patterns written and published, my new ideas and classes on the paper but I will post once in a while to continue with my Hall of Fame pictures.
See you soon,
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It is hard to believe we are in 2013! Time is flying and it is because I am having so much fun!
The new year brings new hope, new projects and for my website, a new look! Please take the time to check it and feel free to email me comments or glitches as we work to have many more features. One thing I am working on it is adding my regular pin for sale. I realize the new web only offers you the silver pins. Soon I will have magnetic and regular pins as well. If you need to order these, call me at (740) 881-3123 or email me.
Just came back from my first teaching event in 2013: another cruise to the Bahamas sponsored by Baskets of Yarn in Charlotte, NC. We had a great time in all classes and all events! This picture was taken inside our classroom. I am wearing a modified version of the shawl Summer Flies from Ravelry.
Class at sea – Bahamas
For more events and classes this year, go to my website. Address and email did not change: www.andreawongknits.com!
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Knitting is chocolate for the mind. This is the motto from the Dutch knitters Guild. They are taking votes from knitters to republish the book on Twined Knitting in English and as I voted yes, the president of the guild recognized my name and wrote me an email! After exchanging a couple of emails, we have exchanged our books!
I now have a fresh copy of Warm Hands, in Dutch and in English.
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Have I ever posted about my little Hall of Fame? To me knitting is such a part of my life that every teacher, every student, every knitter I meet is a celebrity. On my knitting room I have a post board with pictures of the teachers I have met and I called it my “Hall of Fame” because they have accomplish to knit and teach and love it as much as I do. Some pictures including my mother, Katherine Misegades, Mable Corlett, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton, Donna Kay, Vivian Hoxbro, Galina Khmeleva, Barbara Walker, Elsebeth Lavold. Some pictures I look younger, some pictures I still look sick, but they are here to show you that God (way more important) and knitting have been with me through all.
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A while ago I have bought the Cochenille Computer Bundle after reviewing and visiting the sales booth with it for a while. Many knitters confirmed me that it is a excellent software for knitting designing. The bundle includes the garment and pattern design software and the stitch painter.
I have to admit that is one of these things I got all excited about it and never used. In 2010 I have exchanged (through the company) the Windows version for the Macintosh version. It is still current and wrapped in plastic.
It is for sale for the best offer. I have paid U$368.00 for the bundle including S&H. Please spread the word among knitters and call me at (740) 881-3123 to make me an offer.
Thank you for your help!
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